Jonathan Williams, 1967 Mexican GP

Today is the 69th birthday for one-time Grand Prix racer Jonathan Williams!

Williams’ single Grand Prix outing was at the 1967 Mexican Grand Prix in the #12 works Ferrari 312. He qualified 16th and finished eighth, two laps behind.

While being born in the UK, Williams largely based himself in Italy, he was plucked from near obscurity in the de Sanctis Formula 3 team to join Ferrari.

His time with the Scuderia amounted to that single Grand Prix, one Formula 2 outing, and a handful of sports car and CanAm races, and he was then dispensed with almost as impulsively as he was hired.

Despite being a hugely successful driver in the European Formula 3 scene in the mid-1960s, his brief stint with Ferrari damaged his career, and he was only an occasional racer thereafter. He retired from competitive driving in the 1970s.

[Image via F1 Fanatic]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.